This past weekend I braved the Southern California freeways and made the treacherous trek from San Diego to Los Angeles for Stan Lee’s Comikaze Comic Book Convention. Having moved from LA to San Diego a couple of years ago, the trip always reminds me of how much I don’t miss the traffic. It was worth it to attend Comikaze though. It’s a young convention so the booths on the floor are still nice and spread out, as opposed to the congested packed-in-like-sardines situation that is San Diego Comic Con. It’s grown into a mid-sized convention and, though it didn’t have as many actual comic book vendors as I had hoped, it did provide an excellent space for artists and crafters.
I went with my NerdBFF and regular Con comrade, Hayden aka Geek Outlaw and we had a great time chatting it up with artists, writers, and vendors, some of whom we see at Cons on a regular basis and some whom we met for the first time. We only had time to sit in on one panel, but we did catch some of the action on the Main Stage including Stan the Man himself, Weird Al Yankovic, and the guys from Comic Book Men. A childhood favorite of mine, Cassandra Peterson (aka Elvira: Mistress of the Dark) was there, which I was really excited about until I found out how much it would cost to meet her. I did see her from a few feet away though and, damn, she still looks really good! The highlight may have been meeting Edward James Olmos and Michael Hogan (Admiral Adama and Colonel Tigh from Battlestar Galactica). And, of course, the cosplay!
So, without further ado, here’s a wrap-up of Comikaze in pictures. Enjoy!
Stan the Man himself! I feel very fortunate to have met and gotten my picture taken with Stan while I was at Amazing! Las Vegas Comic Con.
The one panel we went to. It was a panel about writing and publishing novels and we didn’t read the description first. Turns out it was the Winner Twins, 18-year-old twin sisters who have written 4 novels. Power to them. The panel would have been better if they had talked less (they gave the same PowerPoint presentation they give to First Graders) and the two guys on the left had talked more. They had far more practical and applicable advice. But hey, who am I to argue with two published teenagers?
By the power of Grayskull! I have the power!
I got recognized a few times (including by this lovely TARDIS-clad fellow HNG) which was really trippy.
I had to pick up a few of Lord Mesa‘s latest artwork. Most of it was for my sister-in-law, Troi, who just had a baby and couldn’t make it to the Con. She’s a HUGE fan of Lord Mesa and even had him do some custom artwork of my nephew, Zeke.
My friends Gabriel Diani & Etta Devine were there to promote the Kickstarter campaign for their new movie Diani & Devin Meet the Apocalypse. They’ll be joining us for the next HNG podcast! Check them out at www.ddmta.com (trust me, it’s worth it).
Alex Wer aka The Pumpkin Geek, carves custom pumpkins and they are AMAZING. I’m saving up to have him carve one with the HNG logo. They are hand carved into plastic pumpkins so they last forever.
Geremi Burleigh is a favorite of ours. He’s the nicest guy and his comics Eye of the Gods and Morningstar are fantastic.
Robert Acosta of Graphic Lab designs geeky crossover tees like the popular “Ewoking Dead” and “Optimus TARDIS” ones you see us holding. I wore my t-shirt the next day and got at least one compliment on it everywhere I went.
The USS Navras booth was helmed by this Commander Riker look-alike. I got a text message on Sunday that I had won a raffle prize but since I couldn’t make it to the Con on Sunday I couldn’t claim it. Sad robot 🙁 Ah well, the USS Navras crew does great charity work and the raffle money went to some great causes.
The USS Enterprise NCC-1701-D bridge restoration project is coming along nicely! Every time I see the bridge at a Con, more of it has been restored to is previous and rightful glory.
All hands brace for impact!!
Cthulhu paid a visit.
Geek Outlaw got really excited when he found out that Ecto-1 was in the house.
There are only a few franchises in which Geek Outlaw nerds out more than I do and Ghostbusters is one of them.
Which leads us to Cosplay! That poor Ghostbuster in the party hat totally got slimed.
There was some great The Walking Dead cosplay, including this Rick Grimes and Walker Shane duo.
The family that Walks together, stays together. This is the first time I’ve seen Negan/Lucille cosplay so that was exciting.
As always, there was a ton of Star Wars cosplay.
This protocol droid had a creative way of dealing with a busted leg.
These Stormtroopers were very serious about guarding Carbonite Han.
One the other hand, this Trooper was only interested in the rights of the vertically challenged Stormtroopers.
Every convention brings more and more Doctor Who cosplay. It’s refreshing that folks in the States are finally catching on to its greatness.
The adorkable Whovians were way more excited about Geek Outlaw’s getup than they were about taking a picture with me, even though I busted out my Fourth Doctor scarf just for the occasion.
Hello, Sexy! (that’s me showing off my TARDIS ring; not me threatening to punch to photographer)
Can’t we all just get along? LOL, just kidding. Get him, Doctor.
Crossplayers after my own gorram heart.
These TMNT costumes were made by scratch and were incredible. We saw Rafael and Donatello. Not sure where Michelangelo and Leonardo were. Presumably holding down the sewer.
Tiny Lone Ranger and Tonto.
Awesome homemade Tetris costumes.
Rufio! RUFIO! RU-FEE-OHHHHHH!!!!!! (there was TWO Rufios there, but this guy was the best by far).
And finally (since this is a Comic Book Convention) the comicosplay!
We’ll start out with the DC ‘verse. Holy shit, it’s the Batman!
And Robin the Boy Wonder!
Riddler does what he wants!
Some of the Marvel villains were there, including Thanos.
And the Destroyer.
It totally looks like I’m grabbing Black Widow’s bum so I’m just going to go with it and let you assume that I was 😉
And, of course, my favorite (good little Norwegian girl that I am), Thor Odinson!
The highlight of the day was definitely meeting Edward James Olmos and Michael Hogan from Battlestar Galactica. Both of them were so nice. Michael even helped me get some hair out of my face since I was squeezed in between them.
All in all, it was a great Con. Especially if you weren’t a lost child.
Until next year, Comikaze!